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26 May 2012
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One of my favourite beatles song, i think it's the best ballad they have ever made.
And that's why I think this: The verse: Very good lyrics I think they sound a bit philosophical. The melody is very good too, it sounds a bit like The Long And Winding Road , but i'd say a bit better. The bass line by george is far superior to the bass line by john in The Long And Winding Road . The teamwork between bass, piano and strings is amazing, the strings sound better than in any other beatles ballad (and a million better than the spector strings).
Chorus: Now the song sounds a bit like a pop/rock song, but still with an amazing play by the strings. Bass and the new drums are also very good and the piano is still very suitable.
All in all I think Golden Slumbers is a very awesome song, what do you mean to it?

Once there was a way to get back homewards. Once there was a way to get back home; sleep pretty darling do not cry. And I will sing a lullaby

26 May 2012
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The lyrics weren't written by the Beatles. It's a traditional lullaby. Paul was sitting at his father's piano and saw the sheet music for it sitting there and liked the lyrics, but he couldn't read the music so he made up his own melody.

Still, it is a beautiful song.

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26 May 2012
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I thought just the lyrics of the chorus were from the old song and he wrote the verse himself but I'm not sure (anyway the end of the verse and of the chorus is the same)

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26 May 2012
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Its a good song but evidence that the individual parts of Abbey Road are less that the whole.

 

I believe this to be the original source of inspiration for Paul, written by Thomas Dekker (apologies if not, was taken from a quick google search online):

Golden Slumbers kiss your eyes,

Smiles awake you when you rise;

Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,

And I will sing a lullaby,

Rock them, rock them, lullaby.

Care is heavy, therefore sleep you,

You are care, and care must keep you;

Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,

And I will sing a lullaby,

Rock them, rock them, lullaby.      

This is the track that George didnt remember playing bass on.

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This is what I think about when I hear this song.

Once there was a way to get back homeward
Once there was a way to get back home (We've crossed the line and become older and can't go back to being our old selves playing in Hamburg and The Cavern without all the sound manipulation, mixing, overdubs, etc. I think the Let It Be project helped them see this.)
Sleep pretty darling (THE BEATLES are the pretty darling) do not cry (it won't bring the good times back; it isn't worth the effort)
And I will sing a lullaby (I will sing US to *sleep*...and sing a song to let the fans know this party is ending.)

Golden Slumbers fill your eyes (the success of gold records, and just being richer than they ever imagined)
Smiles awake you when you rise (the smiles of Yoko, Linda and Heather, etc.)

And, yes, it makes me want to bawl my eyes out.

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Paul was at his Father's in Liverpool, he was sitting at the piano that had been bought from Epstein's so many years ago, his half-sister's (Ruth) piano book was sitting there. He started flicking through it though he couldn't read music. He half-remembered Golden Slumbers  when he found it, this is to the tune he couldn't read...

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ahdn_paul_06 I'd heard the story, but never heard the tune. Thanks! mal-evans

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27 July 2015
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I've got to rate that one a little lower than Paul's version. a-hard-days-night-paul-7 I'm going to give it, umm, about 0.

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27 July 2015
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Yes 'georgiewood' I prefer paul's version too........I nearly dropped off listening to this
 

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Ahhh Girl said
This is what I think about when I hear this song.

Once there was a way to get back homeward
Once there was a way to get back home (We've crossed the line and become older and can't go back to being our old selves playing in Hamburg and The Cavern without all the sound manipulation, mixing, overdubs, etc. I think the Let It Be project helped them see this.)
Sleep pretty darling (THE BEATLES are the pretty darling) do not cry (it won't bring the good times back; it isn't worth the effort)
And I will sing a lullaby (I will sing US to *sleep*...and sing a song to let the fans know this party is ending.)

Golden Slumbers fill your eyes (the success of gold records, and just being richer than they ever imagined)
Smiles awake you when you rise (the smiles of Yoko, Linda and Heather, etc.)

And, yes, it makes me want to bawl my eyes out.  

Awwww @Ahhh Girl.

I picture a father singing this to his little daughter by her bedside in a small tent, in an encampment for refugees of some war-torn country, after losing her mother and other hard times but with hope on the morrow (or perhaps tomorrow's tomorrow), and trying to reassure her that everything will, in fact, be all right in the end, and go to sleep now. a-hard-days-night-paul-7a-hard-days-night-paul-10
My interpretation is less Beatley but just as heartbreaking, in my opinion...

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I doubt there is anything to take from such in actuality but it's interesting to note that 'Two Of Us ' Paul singing the more positive and jovial

"We're on our way home
We're on our way home
We're going home" 

whereas in Golden Slumbers Paul sings the rather more sorrowful

"Once there was a way,
To get back homeward.
Once there was a way
To get back home.
Sleep, pretty darling,
Dot not cry
And I will sing a lullaby"

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28 May 2019
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Good song, however I always get so eager for Carry That Weight to start. ahdn_ringo_09

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28 May 2019
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Yeah, I'm always just in anticipation of the horns that echo the melody from You Never Give Me Your Money , the high point of the medley for me.

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28 May 2019
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QuarryMan said
Yeah, I'm always just in anticipation of the horns that echo the melody from You Never Give Me Your Money , the high point of the medley for me.

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The guitar solo immediately following is some of George’s best work. 

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29 May 2019
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Timothy said
Good song, however I always get so eager for Carry That Weight to start. ahdn_ringo_09

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Ha, I'm always impatient for "Slumbers/Weight" to end, and for "The End " to begin

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Von Bontee said

Timothy said

Good song, however I always get so eager for Carry That Weight to start. ahdn_ringo_09

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Ha, I'm always impatient for "Slumbers/Weight" to end, and for "The End " to begin

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Definitely agree with that.  The End is my favorite of the medley.

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Yeah, a lot of the time I skip Carry That Weight to get to The End (shhhhh don't kill me)

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Aww! But the transition between Carry That Weight and The End is the best part.

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Yeah, a lot of the time I skip Carry That Weight to get to The End (shhhhh don't kill me)

Nooooo! Admittedly, the chorus of Carry That Weight is the worst part but the horns and the guitar solo are the peak of the medley

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